The heat of summer has kept me jailed in a house of cool breezes staring out windows and hoping for cooler days. So many people love this kind of heat, and I don’t blame them. I am just jealous of them because of my asthma and a nasty case of the sweats each time I simply step out to take the dogs for their daily walks around the yard in this high humidity weather. Today, I went out and moved the sprinkler to water the small gardens and pots around our yard and got the mail – period. Came in severely dripping from the top down after only 15 minutes in our Michigan sauna.
As I check the weather online I am wondering if it will change anytime soon. It’s awful to run from one air conditioned spot to another for the whole summer. My real fear in this type of hot weather is that we will have a power outage! The heat has even affected my gardens. Many of the plants looks wilty or the leaves are beginning to curl, no matter the amounts of water they receive.
But some of my more tropical plants are doing above and beyond this summer. One such wonder is my croscosmia. The spiky wonder with scarlet flowers has been blooming and blooming most of our early summer. It has also spread like crazy from the seeds that dropped last fall and is looking a bit like a jungle in one little corner of the garden these days. (Below are two shots of my most prolific flower this summer, the crocosmia scarlet.)
The flower has many little trumpet flowers that usually take about a week to all open. Then of course there are the petunias which I was surprised at this summer. They have all been blooming like never before and look lovely in pots around my yard.
These sit by my garage and are actually plants that have come back from last year because of our really warm winter.
So despite our nasty summer, we have had some gorgeous gifts of the garden this year.